One of the best features I can see for Kindle helping kids is the ability to adjust the size of the text. This customization alone can help kids who struggle with smaller print and differentiating between words when there are many on a page.
The fact that it is so portable is another factor in its favor. Traditional books don’t travel as well as the Kindle does, but since it can easily be tucked in a purse or large pocket, Kindle can go where other books don’t, presenting more opportunities for reading.
Kids are just attracted to technology anyway, so offering the same book on Kindle or in print will probably result in a win for the Kindle. If they find it interesting, they are more likely to use it.
While I think it is important to instill a love of paper books in children, the Kindle can help enhance their enjoyment of reading and get them excited about a wider variety of books. It is so much easier to obtain a book on Kindle than in print, so your kids can read immediately when they think of a book they like.
Kindle should not be the only way to read, but for my kids, it will certainly be an important part of their reading habits.